Robin Washington, CFO of Gilead Sciences among Treasury & Risk Magazine’s 2012 list of the ’30 Outstanding Women in Finance.’ 

Black Finance Exec Robin Washington Listed Among T&R '30 Outstanding Women in Finance' (Gilead Sciences)

Robin Washington  CFO & SVP, Gilead Sciences
“As finance chief since 2008, Washington has presided over a period of significant revenue growth for the biotech company. She played a key role in its strategic use of cash,  as well as in the financing for Gilead’s recently announced purchase of Pharmasset.”

Here’s Robin Washington’s bio from Gilead Sciences:

Ms. Washington joined Gilead as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in May 2008. In this role, she oversees Gilead’s worldwide Finance and Investor Relations functions. Prior to joining Gilead, Ms. Washington served as Chief Financial Officer of Hyperion Solutions, an enterprise software company that was acquired by Oracle Corporation in March 2007.

Ms. Washington also spent nearly 10 years at PeopleSoft, a provider of enterprise application software, most recently in the role of Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller. She previously was a Director of Finance for Tandem Computers, an Accounting Analyst for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and a Senior Auditor for Deloitte & Touche.

Ms. Washington holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and a MBA from Pepperdine University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of MIPS Technologies, Inc. and the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.

Who said we don’t have positive role models in the black community for our young people to aspire to be like? I know this won’t be a popular story in the black news media, but I am proud to lead the charge on recognizing the achievements of all the women who made the list.

Here’s an excerpt from the press release:

Each year the editors of Treasury & Risk compile a list of women in corporate finance who have made a difference to their companies and their industries. The executives on this year’s list have worked on acquisitions, spin-offs and IPOs, led bond deals and negotiated credit lines, wrested upgrades from credit rating agencies, developed sourcing strategies, set up an in-house bank and built a best-in-class internal audit group.

“The percentage of women in executive positions at Fortune 500 companies has barely budged in the last few years,” says Editor-in-Chief  Donna Miskin. “Despite that discouraging reality; women executives in corporate finance continue to press forward, juggling work-life balances, multitasking to the hilt, and doing whatever it takes to get the job done.”

The accomplishments of these 30 leaders in corporate finance serve as an inspiration and a reminder that perseverance and execution count.

Read the full article on the 2012 Women in Finance: